JAPANESE TIMBER BAMBOO Phyllostachys bambusoides 3 YEAR OLD MOTHER PLANT Large Pot. Maximum size is 50-70' tall with 3-5" diameter culms. However size depends on the growing conditions. If you confined the bamboo in a container it will not reach it maximum size. Grows very well in small to large pots. For gardens, a small 6-10' circle with an underground wall makes a very nice area for sitting and meditating. See the photo of our bamboo meditation circle. Also, take a look at the bamboo meditation path photos. In a few years this timber bamboo will tower around the path and completely hide it. Nice.
HOW THE TIMBER BAMBOO IS PROPAGATED: When digging plants to pot I look for 4 things: strong culms (stems), lots of leaves, running rhizomes and plenty of roots. Potted in 1 gallon pots the timber bamboo must now grow for a year and produce new rhizomes, roots, culms and leaves. After one year it is transplanted to the large white pots. It grows there for 1-2 years more. Now you have a healthy strong plant producing its own rhizomes. It has become a mother plant. That will be a plant, which will grow for you. .
VERSITILE BAMBOO. Phyllostachys bambusoides can be grown in a pot, in a small area of ground or as a large grove. I have even grown it in a small bonsai pot. where the timber bamboo was kept miniaturized. The bonsai culms were only 12" tall and half the thickness of a pencil.
LARGE POT: the plants will be shipped in the white pots pictured. The pots measure 15" tall X 9 1/2" wide. Each pot is filled 1/2 to 2/3's full of bamboo potting mix. Each pot weighs approximately 13 lb.
TRIMMING THE PLANT: as a rule of thumb when transplanting bamboo you cut approximately 2/3's of the culms and leaves off. Pruning prevents shock and stimulates growth when the plant is put in its new home. Currently the plants have culms about 5-6' tall or taller. Before shipping they will be pruned back to about 18" tall. (See photo).